The latest exhibition “Kirsti Rantanen” in the design museum in Helsinki is dedicated to this textile designer and artist’s works where both natural materials and centuries-old techniques are applied. In addition to her own pioneering work, Rantanen, born in 1930, has contributed to the education of a whole generation of Finnish textile designers. She has ensured that textile design is not a discipline dominated exclusively by women anymore, but compared to other disciplines is one of equal opportunities. The work on show ranges from two-dimensional figurative wall hangings and three-dimensional sculptural works from the 1970s to monumental objects from the 1980s.
“On Paper”, the exhibition currently running at the Museum of Design and Applied Art in Garðabær in Iceland, displays a selection of various drawings and sketches from the museum’s collection and various private collections showing the working methods of designers and artists. The process can service both the production of packaging, advertising, and book covers as well as that of furniture and interior design. The works on display were created in the period spanning from 1920 to the 1960s and include works by architects, designers, artists, painters, and illustrators including Jónas Sólmundsson, Jón Kristinsson, Kristín Þorkelsdóttir, Lothar Grund, Stefán Jónsson, and Sverrir Haraldsson.
RSA Student Design Awards
The annual RSA Student Design Awards focus on important social, ecological, and financial themes with the help of design thinking. The competition was first set up in 1924 and its aim is to enable students and graduates to tackle real-life problems. This year projects can be submitted in twelve different categories: Re-Work, The Good Life 2.0, Agile Ageing, Circular Futures, Mind Your Money, Happy Birth Day, Beyond Borders, #Hack- OnWheels, Wearing Intelligence, Inclusive Living, Learning for Life, and Moving Pictures. The winners receive cash prizes, paid internships in the industry or the option for financial support to implement their project. The deadline for submitting entries is 8 March 2017.
Jump the Gap
Since 2004, in conjunction with the Barcelona Design Centre, Roca, the international bathroom furnishing company, has organised a design competition for innovative and sustainable bathroom concepts. Designers and architects born after 1 January 1982 can submit their entries in the student category; candidates born before this date are categorised as professionals. Participants interested in developing new projects can get inspired by concepts such as sustainability, the ageing society, home, surprising experiences, and automatisation. The winners of the two categories will each receive 10,000 euros. Registrations must be made by 15 March 2017 at the latest. Submissions of documentation can take place until 19 April 2017.
Pauliina Pöllänen: Half Full
Works by the Finnish ceramic artist Pauliina Pöllänen are available to view for the first time as a solo show in her home country. She is inspired by modernist forms to deal with the bodily nature of forms and transform these into sculptures.
VDID Newcomers’ Award 2017
Until 18 March 2017, young designers of industrial and product design from all over the European Union have the opportunity to participate in the eighth VDID Newcomers’ Award. Students must have undertaken the work between 2015 and 2017 at a higher education institution or college in the European Union. The subject of the work can be chosen freely. Submissions can be made in the categories of household, interiors, recreation, sport, electronic, office, industry, medical, vehicle, public design, fair, interface design, and design management.
The current exhibition “Creative Robotics” at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz investigates the extent to which industrial robots can act autonomously, change the world of work or replace people. The exhibition provides an overview of industrial robotic technologies as well as highlighting their creative possibilities in completely new fields of application.
Vom Zeigen und Schauen
In collaboration with course participants of the Master’s in Cultures of the Curatorial at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde
is dedicating its current exhibition to questions of displaying and viewing. The origin of this collaboration were the temporarily empty spaces of the renovated Africa galleries in the museum’s location. Taking its photographic archive as a starting point, the exhibition focuses on the work of Leipzig photographer and the museum’s photographer from 1965 until 2007, Karin Wieckhorst.
Saxon State Prize for Design
The prizewinners of the Saxon State Award for Design were awarded in the categories of Product Design, Communication Design, Next Generation Design and Social Design. The prize has been awarded to 18 winners in the 15th year of the competition. Designers made submissions under the banner "Sustainability through Design – Responsibility for the Future". The designs can be seen until 25 February 2017 at Designxport in Hamburg.
Every three years, the International Institute for Information Design (IIID) presents awards to products and services that are easily accessible, comprehensible, and useful to users. Designers, clients and students can apply and submit their already completed projects until 28 February 2017 in 15 different categories.
Esprit français. Kulturplakate aus Frankreich
Posters provide information or carry advertisements in pedestrian areas, in the streets or in public buildings and reach a broad audience. In order to convey their message in the shortest time possible to a passer-by, they have to be absolutely clear and unambiguous. The exhibition “Esprit français” in the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich gives an insight into the development of “Cultural Posters from France”. These French posters on the 140 square metre north wall of the museum’s entrance hall are at the interface of graphic design and art and are often the result of many years of co-operation between a designer and a cultural institution.
Les Suisses de Paris. Grafik und Typografie
In the 1950s, many Swiss graphic designers and typographers, such as Peter Knapp, Jean Widmer, and Adrian Frutiger were drawn to Paris because the French capital offered them an international working environment. With a modern approach to design based on their typography and graphic design training in Switzerland, they left a lasting mark on the French design scene and education. The exhibition, “Les Suisses de Paris. Graphic Design and Typography” in the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, is dedicated to the Swiss graphic designers and typographers of that period working in the French metropolis presenting their work drawn from the areas of typography, font design, editorial design, photography, film, advertising graphics, and scenography.
Ceci n’est pas une copie
The concept of intellectual property has been strongly discussed for some years now. An exhibition at the Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu examines the debate about the blurred boundaries between artistic freedom and plagiarism. It considers whether and to what extent copies can open up a new perspective for an original. In addition to different types of copying from quoting to collages, tributes and pastiches, and all the way to reproductions, the exhibition also summarises different positions held on this topic by Jasper Morrison, Richard Hutten, Unfold, Bas van Beek, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Baas, and other designers.
Peter Keetman. Shaping the World
Peter Keetman. Shaping the World – an impressively titled exhibition of the photographic works of Peter Keetman. Themes include photos of Munich under the National Socialists, war with the Soviet Union and natural landscapes and industry. All the photos display the aesthetics of black and white photography and an eye for harmony and shapes. Keetman's work and the development of German photography in the 1940s and 1950s can be seen until 12 February 2017 in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg.
(Un)expected. The art of chance
Over the past century, art has repeatedly confronted the subject of chance and developed methods and processes to trigger chance under defined conditions. Taking a diverse collection consisting of 120 works, the special exhibition “(Un)expected. The art of chance” in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents the results of this experimental and systematic confrontation. The relevance of the subject is presented to visitors beginning with Hans Arp and the Surrealists in 1920 to Rune Mields and Vera Molnár in the 1960s to the performance artist Patrycja Germans. The varied accompanying programme is made up of tours of the town, performances, panel discussions, a theme day and a chamber concert and invites visitors not only to observe but also to join in and try things out.
Seven films by Omer Fast are currently showing at the Berliner Festspiele in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Boundaries between fiction and reality, documentation and fantasy flow into each other in the films. The films engage with serious human issues while simultaneously provoking irritation and longing for moral explanations, which, however, fail to materialise. In his films, Omer Fast does not judge, glorify or hide, he shows the viewer such a wondrous world, one which looks at our own from a completely new perspective.
The Vulgar. Fashion Redefined
The word “vulgar” is almost always used pejoratively and we mostly associate it with things we consider either repulsive or even crude. The current exhibition “The Vulgar” at the Barbican Art Gallery is the first to look at this word in the context of fashion – from the renaissance to contemporary design. With the help of 120 exhibits “The Vulgar” focuses on the ever-changing understanding of vulgarity, together with the question of what makes something vulgar at all.
Kabel 1927–2016. Geschichte einer Schriftart
Rudolf Koch, who was born 140 years ago this year, designed around 25 typefaces between 1910 and 1934 for the Gebrüder Klingspor type foundry in Offenbach/Main. One of these typefaces, which has been long overlooked is the sans serif typeface, Kabel. It was revised and modernised by the designer, Marc Schütz, parallel to his lectureship on typeface design at the HfG Offenbach. He developed the Neue Kabel during a three-year project. This latest exhibition at the Klingspor Museum Offenbach now documents the history and development of Kabel from its beginnings to the present day.
Beazley Designs of the Year
For the ninth time in history, the “Beazley Designs of the Year” awards prises the latest trends and practices in design launched over the past twelve months. This annual exhibition comprises 70 nominations this year, and is part of the opening launch programme at London’s Design Museum which moved into its new premises on High Street Kensington in November 2016. Awards are given by a panel of designers, curators, and creatives for international products and concepts in the areas of architecture, digital, fashion, graphics, product, and transport. The exhibition displays the designs, models, products, and photographs by all those nominated for prizes. The category winners as well as the overall winner will be announced on 26 January 2017.
Margrethe Odgaard – Recipient of the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2016
The winner of this year’s Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize is Margrethe Odgaard, who is part of a new generation of textile designers in Denmark. To date, she has worked in Philadelphia and Paris, and opened her own design studio in Copenhagen in 2013. She has also developed the Popsicle Index, a colour register that she uses in various projects and is constantly updating. Her interdisciplinary approach has resulted in collaborations with architects, fashion designers, and musicians. This award, endowed with a million Swedish kronor, is presented to designers from Scandinavia, who are selected by a committee of representatives from the Röhsska Museum and other institutions in the Nordic countries.
Plakat Kunst Kassel
Over the years, the Kunsthochschule Kassel has produced a number of well-known graphic designers. Following the school’s historic era, there is an exhibition currently showing in the Neue Galerie in Kassel, which questions the extent to which posters and artistic poster design are still relevant today. The exhibition includes posters by Karl Oskar Blase, Hans Georg Hillmann, Gunter Rambow, Frieder Grindler, as well as Ott and Stein, which were created within the context of the art school and which give a visual insight into the cultural history of the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945. In addition, the 13 posters designed for the Documenta clarify the design history of this international art exhibition.
Dieter Rams. Modular World
Record players, bookcases, alarm clocks, kitchen utensils, table lighters, and armchairs are all part of product designer Dieter Rams’ repertoire. His household and electrical appliances, such as the SK4 (in co-operation with Hans Gugelot) record player for Braun, and his furniture, like the 601 armchair for Vitsoe, made him one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. The simplicity and sustainability that characterise his approach to design continue to be as relevant as ever. For example, his shelving system 606 for Vitsoe from the 1960s can still be combined with modules from newer productions. A selection of his well-known and lesserknown furniture and electrical devices is exhibited with some sketches and video interviews in the Schaudepot of the Vitra Design Museum.
Frei Otto. Denken in Modellen
The architect Frei Otto is considered to be a visionary of his craft. The world’s most prestigious prize for architects, the Pritzker Prize, has been awarded to him posthumously in 2015. The ZKM in Karlsruhe is now dedicating a retrospective, “Frei Otto. Thinking by Modeling”, to his wide-ranging life’s work. Insights into the different periods of his life and creativity are offered by the 200 models, objects, and tools, together with photographs, drawings, sketches, plans, and films. An “open archive” made up of circular archival shelves forms the framework for the exhibition, which has been organised in co-operation with the Südwestdeutsches Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau and the Wüstenrot Stiftung.
Von besonderem Geschmack. Kaffee – DDR – Design
Richard Anger, the Ulm-born architect, who has lived in Waldesruh in Brandenburg since the German reunification in 1989, has a passion for collecting household objects from the former GDR. An exhibition currently showing in the Bezirksmuseum Marzahn-Hellersdorf near Berlin provides an insight into the private collection of this enthusiastic magpielike architect. The theme of the exhibition focuses on china and earthenware crockery of this period. The exhibits on show include coffe pots, matching cups, plates, and cutlery that were manufactured between 1950 and 1980 in the GDR. The exhibition also provides information about individual product designers and about coffee consumption in the GDR.
Black Fashion Designers
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York is dedicating an exhibition to the story of African-American fashion designers and their influences on the international fashion industry. Eight themed areas capture the beginnings in New York between 1950 and 1960 as well as the current use of traditional African textiles and art forms in the international fashion industry. A total of 75 items of clothing highlight how the fashion industry has been characterised by African-American fashion designers. In addition, a short film produced for the exhibition documents the diversity in fashion design, and a symposium to be held on 6 February 2017 will take the culture and fashion of the African diaspora as its theme.
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966–1970
The exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? at the Victoria and Albert Museum explores the influence of political activism in the 1960s as expressed in music and performances, fashion, film and design. An interactive city map and a collective Spotify playlist, make it possible to look at the subject in a variety of ways, exploring not only the influence of the 1960s, but also the possibility of bringing about social and political changes. Open until February 26 2017.
Between the Archive and Architecture
“Space is a doubt,” says the writer Georges Perec, explaining, “I have constantly to mark it, to designate it.” Space is not a concrete, defined concept and the artists Neeme Külm, Krista Mölder and Taavi Talve, who mainly working in Tallinn, attempt to approach and explore it in their work shown in the exhibition “Between the Archive and Architecture”. The exhibition at the Kumu Art Museum will be held until 19 February.
Call for Entries. Fount #2
A media review of the first issue was published in form 269. Fount magazine is now creating a second issue and the Call for Entries is open. Artists and designers are invited to create an A3 poster for the new theme “Connect” by 19 February 2017. The accepted work will then be distributed among participants and reinterpreted by them. This is an invitation to join us in an exciting and experimental way of working.
Poster Art Kassel
Artists like Günter Rambow, Hans Hillmann, Frieder Grindler or the recently deceased Karl Oskar Blase are well known to many. Their posters were exhibited often and can now be viewed again in the Neue Galerie in Kassel in their contemporary context, giving an insight into the history of the Federal Republic of Germany after 1945. “Plakat Kunst Kassel” [Poster Art Kassel] showcases theatre, film and museum posters by well-known artists and discusses their cultural, historical and contemporary relevance. The exhibition runs until 5 March 2017.
The Unframed World
Virtual reality is endless, as are, apparently, its possibilities for design. The exhibition at the Haus der elektronischen Künste (House of Electronic Arts –HeK) showcases an exploration of this limitless phenomenon by artists. Artists engage with current social issues, architecture and urbanity as well as physical perception, gender and identity. The Unframed World is an exhibition where virtual reality is viewed as an artistic medium and it showcases the interaction of various artists with VR.
The non-profit society, “Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung” [The Society for Art and Design] is dedicated to the subject of concrete art and regularly organises exhibitions. The society is now holding an exhibition on the history of Circular magazine, which until 1983 appeared under the full title “Circular. A Magazine for Art, Design and the Environment”. The exhibition shows all published editions, documents from the magazine’s history as well as original graphics. A discussion with the founders of the magazine will take place on Wednesday 8 February as part of the exhibition, which continues until 12 February 2017, in Bonn.
Dutch Wax. Manufacturing and Art
To mark its 170th anniversary, the Museum Helmond in the Netherlands is dedicating its exhibition Vlisco 1:1 Un à Un to the textile factory based there. Vlisco is known for “Dutch Wax”, colourful cotton fabrics, which have been manufactured by the company for generations. At the same time until 12 February 2016, work by Yinka Shonibare, who is currently working with these fabrics, will be on show under the title “Yinka Shonibare MBE / Paradise Beyond”.
Call for Entries.Starts Prize 2017
Science, technology and art: the submissions for the Starts Prize 2017, with two prizes worth 20,000 euros, will find themselves at the interface of these three themes. Two prizes are offered for projects in the areas of “artistic exploration” and “innovative collaboration”. The successful projects will be notified by the adjudicating panel on 10 April 2017, and the official award ceremony will take place in September. Participation in the Starts Prize 2017 is free of charge and submissions can be made online until 3 March 2017.
Hair by Sam McKnight
With his innovative hairstyle creations, Sam McKnight has played a significant role in shaping the fashion world of the past 40 years. Somerset House is now dedicating an exhibition to his hairstyles, bringing the often over-looked discipline practised by hairstylists under the spotlight.
The international show for sports equipment and fashion (ISPO) gathers together the current trends on the scene. Exhibitors from around the world present their latest products in nine themed areas. The latest developments in cross-country skiing are presented in hall 5 whereas trends on wearables are located in halls B4 and C4. The themes of sustainability and corporate social responsibility play an important role and can be found in the outdoor halls A1 and A3. The show offers special tours for women on the theme of “Women in the Sport Business” and also presentations as part of the ISPO Academy programme.
Sápmi Around the Corner
Sápmi is the Sami term for the cultural and living space of Samis, formerly also known as Lapps, who however, have never had their own statehood. Today Lapland includes areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. For this reason, Sápmi design is frequently associated with traditional materials and techniques. But young designers and makers from this cultural scene are now finding new ways of expressing themselves. For the exhibition, “Sápmi Around the Corner”, Maria Vinka, herself a Sápmi designer, has brought together various designers from her homeland to create a joint show to display examples of the newly interpreted Sápmi motif in the form of printed objects.
Surface Design Show
The Surface Design Show was launched in 2005. Since then, this annual show has presented innovative surfaces and materials by manufacturers, companies, and designers from around the world. The latest trends and developments will be presented in the areas of the Light School, Stone Gallery, Inspiration Centre, and Designer Row. The show’s supporting programme includes a Pechakucha Evening in which projects have to be presented in the shortest time possible, and also seminars and presentations on three different stages. Another highlight is the presentation of the Surface Design Awards that honour innovative solutions for surfaces. In addition, the “Surface Spotlight 2017” exhibition gives an overview of future materials for education and retail spaces.
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair
Once again, 2017 will see Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian manufacturers and designers present their latest projects and works at one of the biggest fairs for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. The interior designer, Lotta Agaton, is taking on the design for “Contrasts”, an exhibition of trends which displays both various materials and furniture and unusual combinations. In addition, the guest of honour for 2017, the designer and artist Jaime Hayon, will develop an installation for the entrance to the fairground. The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair takes place in parallel with the Stockholm Design Week from 6 to 12 February 2017, offering various events in the galleries, showrooms, museums, and cultural institutions throughout the city.
The Latin American Design (LAD) festival invites graphic designers, editorial designers, art directors, illustrators, typographers, animation artists, and photographers to Lima for its third edition. The three-day festival programme includes a conference with various designers and studios such as Pentagram, Malika Favre, Martina Flor, and Grand Chamaco as well as workshops with Vallée Duhamel, Javier Jaén, Atolón de Mororoa, Futura, Bond, and Lobo on 10 and 11 February 2017. In addition, as part of the event, the LAD Awards for outstanding graphic design by Latin Americans will be presented for the first time. The winning graphic works will be selected by an international panel and will be on display in an exhibition during the festival.
Ambiente 2017 Consumerism and Sustainability
This year, Ambiente fair is offering an “Ethical Style Guide” for visitors interested in sustainability, as well as products in the areas of “Dining”, “Giving” and “Living”. This year the fair also has a partner country, the UK. The fair will additionally include awards and special presentations. Day tickets for the fair in Frankfurt are available online from 28 euros and at the cash desk for 37 euros.
Ambiente is one of the biggest consumer goods fairs in the world. In 2017, in the halls at the fairground in Frankfurt/Main, designers, manufacturers, and companies will once again be exhibiting the latest trends and developments in the areas of dining, living, and giving. Janice Kirkpatrick, graphic and product designer, will be creating the mise en scène for the products from the guest country, Great Britain. Young designers will be presenting their latest products for the first time in fashion accessories in hall 9.2 and ethical style in hall 11.0. A new feature at Ambiente is the ethical style guide, which will provide information about sustainable consumer products and ones that have been produced along ethical lines.
Hello, Robot. Design zwischen Mensch und Maschine
There are numerous contemporary examples of robots making their way into our everyday lives ranging from transport drones to intelligent sensors to industry 4.0. The Vitra Design Museum is examining this topic in the exhibition “Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine” (form 266) and highlights examples of robots in our homes, industry, and medicine as well as in media installations, computer games, and film and literature. The question of how robotics has changed and is continuing to change our lives – and above all, design – plays a key role. The exhibits include work by Bruce Sterling, Douglas Coupland, Joris Laarman, Carlo Ratti, Dunne and Raby, and Philip Beesley.
High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion
“High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion” is an exhibition focusing on the idea of contemporary fashion and the industry itself, all from the viewpoint of the Australian Fashion Design Council (FDC), which, between 1982 and 1993, made a point of making avant-garde Australian fashion better known. Taking exhibits from the FDC’s archives – print products, video material, photographs – the exhibition challenges the work of the FDC retrospectively and its relevance to contemporary practice. It does not wish to create a nostalgic revival of the past, but rather wants to generate a month of presentations, performances, films, and publications in order to create a platform for being provocative with fashion and allowing cross-disciplinary exchange.
Type Talk. Toshi Omagari
The Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint initiative by the Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham, regularly organises the “Type Talk” series in which world renowned font designers offer insights into their working methods and design processes. In his lecture “Myths of Science and Practice in Typeface Design”, Toshi Omagari tackles the image of the font designer and looks critically at his own studies. Omagari, who studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo and the University of Reading, works as a font designer at Monotype in London. Entry is free.
FITC Amsterdam X
The international design and technology conference run by the FITC agency, which stands for “Future, Innovation, Technology and Creativity”, is once again inviting visitors to Amsterdam. The conference is aimed at experts in the digital field such as designers, developers, and animation artists. Over 40 speakers with an international background and from various fields of employment will offer insights into the future of digital design. An important element of the conference is the opportunity for attendees to engage in a direct dialogue with the speakers. There will also be the chance to participate in whole-day workshops. Tickets cost between 199 and 449 euros until 22 January 2017.
Shaping the Future – Neue Technologien für neue Gestaltung
As part of the project “Ceramics and Its Dimensions” the Porzellanikon in Selb is staging the exhibition “Shaping the Future – Neue Technologien für neue Gestaltung”. It looks at the possibilities offered by digital technologies for ceramic production – such as the 3D printing of clay. The underlying project has the goal of researching promising processes while dealing with ceramic as a material. Students, lecturers, and selected artists will present the results of their own studies on subjects such as design, education, the exploitation of 3D printing techniques, and eating culture. Once it closes in Selb, the exhibition will be on tour in Ireland, Great Britain, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic until the end of 2018.
One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
Josef Albers, born in Germany and later a US citizen (1888–1976), played a pivotal role in the art of the 20th century. Alongside the Bauhaus, he also practised and taught at Yale University and Black Mountain College (form 262, p. 94) and, during his career, created numerous paintings, drawings, and graphic prints as well as furniture and typographical works. In addition to his creative works, he also dwelled on photography, which only became known after his death. For the first time ever, the current exhibition “One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers” displays photographs that Albers created between 1928 and 1932 at the Bauhaus and which tackle topics like serial production, the human perception, and the relationship between arts and crafts and mechanical production.
Rick Owens: Furniture
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) is currently showing work by furniture and fashion designer Rick Owens in its current exhibition, “Rick Owens: Furniture”. In addition to current furniture designs, the exhibits also include the designer’s sculptures and videos. At the beginning of his career, Owens drew his inspiration primarily from art history. Since 2007, however, his work has been influenced by the use of elements drawn from punk and anarchism. Using materials like marble, bronze, bones, leather, concrete, and plywood, he designs elegant, but also brutalist shapes and furniture. The exhibition also displays the designer’s experiments with foam and rock crystal and contrasts these with a selection of later works by the artist and musician Steven Parrino.
Handwerk. Tradiertes Können in der digitalen Welt
In a world where most things are mass-produced and a large part of our life is played out in the digital world, the maker movement and the doit- yourself culture (form 259, p. 74) have developed into an international phenomenon. The reality, however, is somewhat different: craftspeople still have to battle to have their work recognised for what it is and to be paid fairly. This current exhibition, “Handicraft: Traditional Skills in the Digital Age”, takes a closer look at the theme with selected works in six areas and is also dedicated to the history of handicrafts, current European trends, its resource-conserving qualities, and new developments at the interface of digital technologies.
The Brutalist Playground
Brutalism is based on the visibility of the materials used. The term was coined in the 1950s by the British architect, Alison Smithson, and first made public in an essay by the architectural critic, Reyner Banham. In Great Britain in the post-war period of the 1950s, buildings were designed with a strongly expressive design language, as were large housing estates with unorthodox playgrounds characterised by raw materials. The current exhibition “The Brutalist Playground”, using the Royal Institute of British Architects’ collection, evokes brutalist playgrounds with an exhibition installation featuring accessible sculptures for children and adults alike. The aim of the exhibition is also to strengthen people’s awareness for – now dilapidated – brutalist buildings and to sensitise them against having too superficial a perception of brutalism.
Tenue correcte exigée: Quand le vêtement fait scandale
[Dress Code: When Clothing Becomes Scandalous] Not only do every decade and every season have their fashionable trends, jobs and places also have specific rules governing clothing. But we know that rules are there to be broken. This latest exhibition “Tenue correcte exigée: Quand le vêtement fait scandale” examines the scandals in fashion that have migrated through the centuries and decades – from the 14t century to the present day. The exhibits include over 400 items of clothing, accessories, portraits, caricatures, and objects. They all represent violations of the existing dress code and a break with the moral values of the day: sack-back gowns, women wearing trousers, men wearing skirts, dinner jackets for women, miniskirts, baggy trousers, and blue jeans.
Door handles are generally considered to be architecture in miniature trying to mirror the character of the designer in their design language and use. The latest exhibition in the Grassi Museum, “Comprehensive Construction. The Importance of Door Handles in Architecture”, displays various door handles that were all designed for a specific building. Amongst the exhibits are works by Karl Friedrich Schinkel for the Schloss Charlottenhof in Potsdam, Otto Wagner for the Postsparkasse in Vienna, Peter Behrens for the Haus Wiegand in Berlin, Walter Gropius for various Bauhaus buildings in Dessau as well as Hadi Teherani for several hospitals in Cologne, and David Chipperfield for the entrance building on the Museum Island in Berlin.
De Stijl at the Stedelijk
2017 is the centenary of the founding of De Stijl, the legendary artist and architectural collective from the Netherlands. The collective included painters, architects, and designers such as Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, and Gerrit Rietveld who, in their work, endeavoured to create an all-encompassing harmony and unification of art and the everyday life. The exhibition “De Stijl at the Stedelijk”, which is currently running, displays the collective’s works and the way they dealt with colour, diagonals, purity, and architecture, as well as how their views spread. In addition to a contrast with works by other post-war artists, the museum is presenting further exhibitions throughout the year to mark the collective’s anniversary, including works by Chris Beekman who later rejected the collective.
Designing the Surface
For a long time, the surface of a product has not only been crucial for the appeal, function or identity of a product, rather it contributes considerably towards enhancing, strengthening, disguising or preserving it. The exhibition “Designing the Surface” at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam is concerned with how surfaces appeal to our senses. The organisers see often neglected surfaces as an approach to understanding how materials influence the world around us. Taking a selection of products, the exhibition endeavours to examine this topic from five different perspectives – patina, lustre, faux, teflon, and agency – and how these react to our aesthetic and sensory needs.
Sparkling. Damask and Glass from Classic to Art Deco
Bright damask tablecloths and sparkling glassware seem to simply belong together – particularly when needing to create a festive atmosphere. This exhibition currently on show, “Sparkling. Damask and Glass from Classic to Art Deco”, illuminates the interaction between these two materials and products in the Netherlands – from the classic decorations of the 19th century and the art nouveau movement around 1900 to art deco in the 1930s, from artistic designs to industrial collaborations to boisterous and geometric shapes. The exhibits include glassware by Karel de Bazel, wine glasses by Willem Jacob Rozendaal, and damask by Chris Lebeau.
Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design
In 2017, Finland is celebrating its first centenary of independence from Russia, which came about as a result of the Russian Revolution in 1917. To mark the occasion, the design museum in Helsinki has renovated and updated its exhibition spaces, and is opening them again to the public with the exhibition “Utopia Now – The Story of Finnish Design”. Taking five themes and using living stories, the exhibition presents the integral role played by design in the evolution of the Finnish welfare state. In addition, visitors – from schoolchildren to tourists – can find new information and materials which have not previously been on display using digital applications.
Young Package Competition
This year’s Young Package competition invites students to develop interactive packaging under the slogan of “Open and Play”. The aim is to repackage their own favourite products in a playful manner using modern technologies, and through that create a design that will inspire children to play with the packaging, too. The submissions will be evaluated on innovation, creativity, ergonomics, functionality, sustainability, originality, and presentation. Students and college students are invited to participate as are designers under the age of 30. The winners will receive prize money of a total of 2,800 euros. In addition, one of the winners will receive a three-week paid internship at Model Obaly Innovation Centre in Prague. The registration deadline is 25 March 2017.
Designpreis der IKEA Stiftung
The design prize of the foundation IKEA Stiftung is being offered for the twelfth time this year. This year’s title “Nomade in Germany” broaches the question of what it is about a home that makes it a home. Students of product, industrial, and interior design are invited to submit projects concerning the question of home and the shift in meaning of the term by 31 March 2017: Is home something innate and how do you find a home? It is not only modern nomadism that plays a central role, but also issues like mobility or migration. Prizes include three fully financed semesters abroad and ten workshops at the Ingvar Kamprad Designcentrum in Lund, Sweden. Next to this, will the winning projects be exhibited in the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin.
Within the framework of the Frankfurter Positionen, which see themselves as “forum of experience and knowledge” and tackle current social developments on a two-year cycle, Ed Atkins is showing a selection of his latest video work at the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) in Frankfurt/Main. This British-born artist (1982) confronts the viewer in his two videos, “Hisser” and “Safe Conduct” with a type of alter ego character, which experiences various existential conditions such as loneliness, alienation, and death.
Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies and Somebodies
Jo Brocklehurst, the Anglo-Sri-Lankan artist, contravened all conventions, as back in the 1970s her work did not focus on beauty and elegance but on London’s subculture and fetishism. An exhibition dedicated to her in the House of Illustration in London runs until the middle of May 2017.
After many (laborious) years of building works, the Hamburg concert hall – the Elbphilharmonie – was opened in November 2016. An exhibition to celebrate the opening, focusing on the relationship between architecture and fine arts, will be held in the Hall for Contemporary Art.
The Bielefeld art association Bielefelder Kunstverein has been the venue for its exhibition series on architecture “Baukunst” for more than ten years. The curators host innovative architectural projects every two years. This year features the work of the architectural studio ZAO/Standardarchitecture. Founded by Zhang Ke in 2001, it is one of the most influential representatives of the Chinese architectural scene.
Futura. Die Schrift
In Futura. Die Schrift the Gutenberg-Museum in Mainz is dedicating an exhibition to the font and its success. As part of a special exhibition, historically important originals are presented that document the international success story of the German font. Beginning with the history and design of this international triumph to the publication of the entire type family, various important exhibits are on show including some never previously seen loans, such as design drawings, font samples, font faces, printed documents and publications. The show is rounded off by the symposium “Futura – Tribute to a Typeface“ at the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz.
From Silent Movies to Blaxploitation
The exhibition, Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema at MoMA explores stereotypes throughout the history of film. The museum is displaying film stills from its own collection ranging from silent movies to blaxploitation films, Hollywood blockbusters to B-movies. The images which were formerly used for advertising purposes display the actor’s role using visual elements like make-up, clothing and gestures and thereby make statements.
Casa de Vidro
Two architects who never met each other during their lifetimes are due to meet at an exhibition at the National Museum in Oslo, where a building by Lina Bo Bardi is exhibited in a glass pavilion designed by Sverre Fehn. Lina Bo Bardi immigrated to Brazil and designed the “Casa de Vidro” [Glass House] in São Paulo (1950 –1952). Many commissions for private buildings, as well as museums and churches, all of which helped shape the cityscape of São Paulo, were to follow. Her work is exhibited in Sverre Fehn’s “Glass Pavilion” (2008). The exhibition is complemented by screen prints by German artist Veronika Kellndorfer.
The Best German Book Design 2017
The German Foundation for Book Design – Stiftung Buchkunst – is once again holding a competition for the "Best German Book Design 2017" and "Best Young Book Design". In an age of digitalisation, the foundation aims to highlight the importance of books and is awarding prizes for creative solutions and good design concepts. You can submit any kind of book until 31 March 2017.
Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design
Pierre Chareau, who born in Bordeaux in 1883 and died in New York in 1950. He brought traditional French arts and crafts together with modern innovative industrial materials. An exhibition in the Jewish Museum in New York is dedicated to this French designer and architect’s creative phase between the two world wars. The focus lies on his interactions with influential patrons, well-known artists, and representatives of the film industry. In addition, the consequences of his persecution by the Nazis, the dispersal of his works during and after the Second World War and the rebuilding of his career in exile in New York in the 1940s play an important role in telling his story.
Backen, Bügeln, Putzen, Kochen. Das bisschen Haushalt!
“That bit of housekeeping will do itself, my husband says. That bit of housekeeping cannot be so bad, my husband says,” so sang the actress Johanna von Koczian in her German hit 40 years ago. The development and history of household aids and tools of that period are now being examined in the “Baking, Ironing, Cleaning, Cooking. That Bit of Household!” exhibition at the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig. The exhibits include washboards, pudding bowls, rolling pins, food processors, steam irons, pan stands, pressure cookers, and tabletop grills from four different centuries. They all come from the museum’s collection, which is made up of around 90,000 exhibits of European and non-European crafts dating from antiquity to the present day.
Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders
For the past year, the Neue Sammlung in Munich has had a new exhibition format. Every year, the organisers invite well-known designers to stage the two-storey Paternoster hall that can be viewed from one of the galleries in the Pinakothek der Moderne in a site-specific manner. Following the “Konstantin Grcic: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” exhibition, which launched the series, Werner Aisslinger will now continue it with a new characteristic project. The Berlin-based designer usually deals with themes of sustainability, upcycling, material innovation, and indoor farming in his works. In this ten-month presentation in Munich, he will be tackling domestic visions on the theme of big data.
Stapeln. Ein Prinzip der Moderne
Stacking things systematically has played a role in many areas of our everyday life for a long time, yet little is known about this phenomenon of modernity. An exhibition at the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung in Bremen is now examining the beginnings of stackable systems of order in the context of industrial mass production. In addition to Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s Kubus crockery of the 1930s, which was manufactured until 1968 and considered to be a model of stackable industrial design on account of its form and function, the exhibition also showcases early examples by Walter Gropius, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Herbert Frank, Heinrich Löffelhardt, Nick Roericht, Helene von Boch, and Walter Zeischegg.
In the End: Architecture. Journeys through Time 1959 – 2019
Dietmar Steiner is a publicist, architectural historian and critic. On the occasion of his farewell, the museum is showcasing his impressions on sixty years of international architectural history. Under the challenging title In the End: Architecture, the exhibition looks at Steiner's socialisation as well as at current architecture in a dialogue which aims to portray generational conflict while at the same time opening up a dialogue between generations.
Drawing Rooms 2. Trends in Contemporary Graphic Art
In the second part of its exhibition series “Drawing Rooms 2”, the Hamburger Kunsthalle documents the shift of drawing into the third dimension. It describes the phenomenon of the transition of the line from the surface into space as a “breakthrough into space”. The intention of the exhibition is to confront the medium of drawing intensively that is “as relevant as never before”. Works by a total of 30 artists are on display in the exhibition and provide a varied insight into the subject.
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
As part of the programme to mark the reopening of the Design Museum in London, one of the current exhibitions takes the complexity of the world as its theme. Eleven installations clarify the breadth of the theme and each tackle a relevant topic concerning the present, such as sentient robots and sustainable fashion. Whilst in her “Mimus” installation designer Madeline Gannon works through the relationship between man and machines, the fashion designer Hussein Chalayan looks at wearable technology in “Room Tone”. In the installation “Intimate Strangers” the architect Andrés Jaque considers the culture of networking, and in “Fibre Market” the product designer Christien Meindertsma provides a look at the potential of recycling textiles.
How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior
The theme of a current exhibition at the MoMA is living and exhibition spaces as well as retail spaces that have contributed towards the understanding of modern interior design. Here, 200 objects from 1920 to 1950 document the influences through choice of materials, processes, and the collaboration with designers. In addition to individual design elements and their organisation within spaces, the aesthetic, social, technological, and political attitudes of the designers also play a role. The exhibition also provides glimpses into the interior of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s Frankfurt kitchen and the Café Samt und Seide designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.
Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language
In the course of a new permanent exhibition a new special exhibition will be highlighting design and architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. The emphasis is laid on three design episodes: the form of the modern chair, the style of the Milan group Memphis, and the architectural group Coop Himmelb(l)au as well as the visual diversity in graphic design. The exhibition brings together seating options by Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler, and Charlotte Perriand with postmodern design of the 1970s and 1980s, and graphic commissioned works. The installations of the individual design episodes have been undertaken by the graphic designer Amir Berbić.
Green Product Award 2017
Since 2014, the Green Product Award has been honouring cross-disciplinary products and concepts that offer innovative and sustainable solutions. Submissions can be made in the following categories: architecture, office, consumer electronics, research, freestyle, kids, communication, consumer goods, mobility, furniture, university, and home accessories. The projects will be assessed by specialists according to the parameters of design, innovation, and sustainability, and against the overall criteria of approach, development, and effect. The finalists, the Green Selection, will be announced on 14 April 2017 and the winners of the jury prize will be announced on 1 June 2017. Online voting for the public voting will be open from 10 June 2017.
Food by Design:Sustaining the Future
The process of feeding humanity is a laborious process that happens every day but is something we are hardly aware of. An enormous infrastructure, advanced technologies and a well-thought-through system are all necessary to produce our daily bread. In its exhibition “Food by Design: Sustaining the Future”, the Museum of Design in Atlanta is looking at the systematic problems and design solutions for urban agriculture, access to and wastefulness of food.
Bauhaus in Bewegung
As part of the Bauhaus-Archiv’s relocation, the exhibition “Bauhaus in Motion” will be displaying highlights from the museum’s collection in the old building for the last time. The title indicates the common theme running throughout the exhibition; on show are movement studies from the foundation course as well as architecture, furniture, ceramics, metal, paintings, and graphics from the workshops and photographs from the various Bauhaus personalities. The Bauhaus seems always to have been in motion on account of its relocations from Weimar to Dessau and to Berlin and also given that its protagonists went into exile. Represented in the exhibition are Bauhaus teachers such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy, but the work of many students is on display, too.
It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken
Researching, expanding and questioning the relationship between finance and design is the focus of the event “It’s not the Economy... Unternehmertum durch Kultur neu denken” [It’s not the Economy... Rethinking entrepreneurialism through culture]. The idea of organising a symposium with a film screening on this subject evolved from a collaboration between the Vitra Design Museum und the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). The two-day event begins on 2 March 2017 at 6 pm with the film screening. Entry is free of charge and preregistration is not required. Registration by 20 February is required for the symposium on 3 March. The fee is 35 euros.
The Toca Me design conference is taking place once again as part of the Munich Creative Business Week 2017. It brings together graphic designers, illustrators, type designers, and creatives from related disciplines at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. This one-day conference featuring a series of presentations in English invites participants to “Dream Big”. Confirmed speakers include the media artist Joshua Davis, the film-maker Keiichi Matsuda, the creative coder Mario Klingemann, the type designer Seb Lester, the designer and artist Dominic Wilcox, and the designer Robert Hranitzky. The conference will be organised by the design studio of the same name: Toca Me. Standard tickets are available until January at the cost of 109 euros. After this, they will cost 129 euros.
The aim of the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) is to raise awareness of the importance of design in social, cultural, and financial areas. Taking the slogan “Design Connects – The Smart Revolution”, there will be various events, conferences, workshops, and company tours taking place throughout the city. Design acts as a connecting element – between cloud and crowd, man and machine (form 266), user interface and database. The MCBW Forum serves as a central platform for product launches, presentations, talks, and lectures. Amongst the highlights is the exhibition “The Smart Revolution” with 20 projects and products curated by Bayern Design. This year’s partner country is South Korea.
Insights Design Lecture Series
This year, the programme of events at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis also includes the Insights Design Lecture Series at which various designers from the area of graphics will be speaking. One particular feature of the museum’s programme is that all lectures are transmitted in a live webcast. Speakers will include the designer and author Rob Giampietro, the illustrator Andy Rementer, and Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson from the Office of Culture and Design as well as Richard Turley. The lectures will take place once a week from 7 to 28 March 2017.
Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne
This year, the Biennale Internationale Design in Saint-Étienne is focusing on the theme of “Shifting Work Paradigms” and examines question of collaboration, sharing projects, and the desire to make one’s own work more pleasant and by using new technologies also easier (form 268). This year’s guest of honour is the city of Detroit, which, as a result of industrialisation, became known in the 19th century as “motor city” and whose story, starting with the economic structural change in the automobile industry in the 1960s, ended in 2013 in bankruptcy. Today, the city, using its entrepreneurial spirit and creativity, is seeking sustainable ways of living and thinking together and, within the framework of the Biennale, wishes to share its experiences with shifting work paradigms.
The editorial design conference, previously known as QVED, is a meeting place for magazine experts and all those who wish to learn more about the development process of print and online media. Under its new name of Editorial Changes, designers, journalists, and publishers from around the world will be talking about their latest projects and giving interesting insights into their successful and less successful endeavours using examples from their own practice. This year, speakers will include amongst others the editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman, Penny Martin, the publisher, author, and director Stefan Aust, and the futurologist Bernd Flessner. Standard tickets for the three-day conference cost 350 euros, and for students 130 euros.
The Van Eyck Academy invites visitors to its annual open studio days taking place from 9 to 11 March. The participating artists, designers, architects, and curators in residence will be presenting the results of their past year’s work during this time.
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), which takes place annually is one of Asia’s largest fairs. It consists of three exhibition areas on the themes of smart living, convivial design, and design forward. The IFFS takes place together with the 34th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) furniture show and Nook Asia at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre. In addition to the “Design Stars Showcases” with product launches by international designers, the fair offers the Outdoor Boulevard with garden furniture and accessories and a curated exhibition by the industrial designer, Nathan Yong.
International Furniture Fair Singapore
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), together with the Asean Furniture Show (AFS) and Nook Asia, is announcing the upcoming trade fair with “Trade, Design and Inspiration”. At the same time, the fair is aiming to promote an international and inclusive image. In addition to the trade fair exhibitions, visitors can also attend readings and symposia, as well as visiting installations and pop-up stores. From 9 to 12 March 2017 the event takes a daring and diverse look at product design in Singapore and elsewhere.
Friedrich Kiesler: Architekt, Künstler, Visionär
Friedrich Kiesler (1890–1965) was an architect, artist, designer, set designer, and theoretician. His work was characterised by his perception of a cross-disciplinary approach to art: his concept of endlessly flowing space that he himself described as his “basic creative idea” (as everyone has, in his opinion), and his holistic design theory of correalism are part of the grand visions of the 20th century, which are still very relevant. Using key projects, the many faceted aspects of this universal artist will be on display in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in the exhibition entitled “Friedrich Kiesler: Architect, Artist, Visionary”. In addition, his (private) environment will also be sketched out by looking at his friendships and collaborative work with other artists.
Design Days Dubai
Since 2013 the Dubai Design District (d3) has become a regional, creative centre for designers and artists. In March 2017, it will also be the new venue for the sixth Design Days Dubai – an annual fair for contemporary design and collectibles. It also serves as a platform for up and coming designers and galleries as well as promoting regional and local design talents and studios.
Various revolutionary uprisings in Russia in the early 20th century can be subsumed under the title of the Russian Revolution, including the revolution of 1917. To mark the centenary of this revolution, the exhibition “Imagine Moscow. Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution” shows Moscow as imagined by a bold and new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s. In addition, the exhibition also displays rarely seen material, using large-scale architectural drawings and artworks, propaganda material, and publications from the period that presents an idealistic vision that was never realised. The eight projects exhibited focus on the areas of collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living, and recreation.
You May Also Like: Robert Stadler
The designer Robert Stadler is known for his works that examine our image-controlled world characterised by fleeting fashion fads. Th e boundaries of free and commercial, industrial and public work become blurred in his works, just as they do between art and design. In this respect, this Paris-based designer questions the status of an object – whether as an artwork or a product. Therefore, the exhibition “You May Also Like: Robert Stadler” too is not a traditional monographic one but puts together a network of meanings, functions, and forms in a dialogue with historical and contemporary objects of the Dresden State Art Collections and examines the subject areas of natural and artificial, instability and fetishisation, and informed objects.
China International Furniture Fair
The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has been one of the most important furniture fairs in the country since 1998 and takes place twice a year alternating between Guangzhou and Shanghai. The aim is to facilitate an active exchange on topics such as trade, interior design, and sales channels as well as new developments and trends. In 2017, approximately 5,000 exhibitors and more than 250,000 professional buyers from 200 regions and countries are expected to attend. The CIFF is subdivided into two areas: from 18 to 21 March 2017, visitors can find out about domestic furniture, home textiles, garden furniture, and leisure products; from 28 to 31 March 2017, furniture for offices, hotels, and public spaces, as well as production machines and raw materials will be exhibited in the fair halls.
This year is the ninth time that Design March will present innovations of the Icelandic design scene. In addition to a constantly increasing number of international collaborations, the contributions and exhibitions range from graphics and fashion to furniture and architecture to products that will be presented in more than 100 exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and events throughout the entire city. During the Design March, also the Design Talks will take place: a daylong conference at which numerous international speakers will give lectures on the influence of design. This year’s speakers include among others the London-based designer, Alexander Taylor, and the creative studio, Marshmallow Laser Feast.
Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. und Philip Johnson
The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. und Philip Johnson. Bauhauspioniere in Amerika” examines the role of Alfred H. Barr Junior and Philip Johnson as proponents of the Bauhaus in America based on their friendship and collaboration. The views of the Bauhaus seem to have served Barr Junior as a basis for the conception and founding of the MoMa in New York. From the beginning, architecture and design were put on the same level as fine art here, as demonstrated by the exhibitions “Modern Architecture” (1932) or “Machine Art” (1934). Barr Junior developed these ideas in close collaboration with his friend, Philip Johnson, who was involved as the director of the department of architecture.
Texfusion is one of the first fairs in Great Britain to focus exclusively on fashion textiles and accessories, household textiles, functional fabrics, and clothing manufacturers. The fifth edition of the fair expects to see over 100 international exhibitors presenting their latest collections in London. This year will be the second time that the event will take place in the Business Design Centre in London, and with its simple format, it again promises a relaxed atmosphere for an inspiring exchange of ideas. The fair is spread across various halls, which specialise in topics such as fashion fabrics and accessories, technical, home textiles, and garments. Entry to the fair is free of charge.
Salone del Mobile
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan is one of the most important events in Europe in the area of furnishings and design and is divided into the three areas of classic, design, and xlux. This year again the Euroluce, the lighting exhibition that takes place every two years and the think tank Workplace 3.0 will be hosted on the fairground. Running in parallel with the fair, there will also be the Ventura Lambrate in Milan’s city centre from 4 to 9 April 2017. This will be the eighth edition of the event showing the latest developments in contemporary design, from new trends and talents to established and up-and-coming designers and innovative design companies to presentations of new processes and production methods and conceptual niche projects.
This year will be the 17th time that the Offf festival takes place with its conferences, workshops, performances, exhibitions, installations, and sales spaces. Designers, motion designers, sound and graphic designers, theoreticians, developers, professionals, and students both from the analogue and digital world will be amongst the speakers. Presentations this year will be given by the designer Adam J. Kurtz, the graphic designer Alvaro Dominguez, the set and graphic designer Annie Atkins, and the graphic artist Anthony Burrill, amongst others. Karin Fong, who has already developed title sequences for several films and television series, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “Terminator: Salvation” will be this year’s guest of honour. The three-day ticket costs 163.35 euros as standard. Participation in the various workshops is not included in the price.
This year’s Typo Labs conference takes place in Berlin for the second time with talks, panel discussions, presentations, and many opportunities to network. The conference brings together engineers, font designers, developers, and academics to contribute to further developing font design and to promote the integrating new developments for future digital communications. Amongst the speakers will be the type designer Frank E. Blokland, Mike Duggan, one of the leading typographers at Microsoft, Behdad Esfahbod, head of the font and text rendering team at Google, the president of Fontlab, Thomas Phinney, and the director of font technologies at Monotype, Bob Taylor. Standard tickets cost 415.31 euros and 178 euros for students.
The Forward Festival celebrating creativity, design, and communication is an event spread over several days with conferences, workshops, exhibitions, networking spaces, live art sessions, and music. The festival will take place at the MAK in Vienna on 21 and 22 April 2017. In addition, this year, the festival will be held on 15 and 16 June 2017 in Munich and, for the first time, on 17 and 18 June 2017 in Zurich. Speakers will include amongst others representatives from the Eike König design studio, the illustrator Mr. Bingo, the graphic designer Sarah Illenberger, the designer Daniel Freitag, the design and animation studio Pfadfinderei as well as the art director and founder of Studio Es, Verena Panholzer. Standard tickets cost 200 euros, student tickets 110 euros.
Collective Design Fair
The Collective Design Fair is taking place for the fifth time in 2017, bringing together creative people from around the world for an inspiring, cultural exchange on the topic of “collectors’ items”. The organisers want to draw people’s attention to creative processes and also to support a provocative discourse on the subject. The fair sees itself as a commercial and academic platform with the aim of providing visitors with information about collecting art and design objects. Moreover, a varied framework programme offers insights into design and its importance for the various disciplines by organising exhibitions, guided tours and the so-called Collective Conversations with artists, gallerists, lecturers, and other cultural key figures.
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